Christchurch is a city designed for pedestrians. At its heart is the City Promenade, a two-kilometre walkway through the Te Papa Ōtākaro/Avon River Precinct. Starting at the popular Botanic Gardens, through to the blockbuster Margaret Mahy Playground, the promenade is our city gem. Winding its way along the riverbank and past modern and heritage buildings, this is the best way to explore central Christchurch.
Christchurch Adventure Park is your best bet for epic adventures and chilled down time. A two-hour dual zipline ride through the Park features the country's longest and highest ziplines and offers incredible views of the city. If you prefer more leisurely sightseeing, take a ride up the country's longest chairlift, or trek the uphill trail to earn yourself a free chairlift ride back down. Chairlift-accessed mountain bike trails zigzag across the hills, and the Park has a cafe and bar, outdoor seating area, kids' pump track and trampoline. While you're at it, check out the rest of the Port Hills, stacked with walking and biking trails overlooking both Lyttelton Harbour and the Canterbury Plains.
Christchurch was recently named a Lonely Planet global capital of street art, so take a day to wander the city streets on the hunt for hidden creativity and massive wall murals. International artists have been attracted to the scene, and a bustling local art community means new pieces are being thrown up on the regular. Watch This Space run tours of the best on offer, but a stroll around the city will reveal just as much.
Christchurch is lucky to be at the heart of a diverse landscape, incorporating farming plains, dazzling mountains and accessible coastline. Take a day trip to Akaroa, our French settlement filled with heritage houses and stunning gardens. Akaroa Harbour’s native wildlife, including the Hector’s Dolphin, is accessible by daily cruises showcasing the stunning natural landscapes of the area. Further afield, Hanmer Springs is a zen-like alpine village boasting hot pools and a serene escape close to the city, as well as proximity to the North Canterbury Wine Region.